Description

The girlfriend wanted a gaming laptop and I told her we could spend her laptop budget on desktop and get twice the power so this is what we got. What do you guys think.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-6100 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor $109.99 @ Microcenter
Motherboard ASRock 880GM-LE FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard $59.99 @ Amazon $9.99 @ Microcenter
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB kit (4GBx2) DDR3-1600 1.5V 240-Pin $36.99 @ Microcenter
Storage Toshiba 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $69.98 @ Outlet PC $59.99 @ Microcenter
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card $238.79 @ Amazon $189.00 @ Microcenter
Case MSI S-6811 4-Bay mATX Mini Tower Computer Case $27.99 @ Microcenter
Power Supply Thermaltake Power Supply 240-Pin 600 Power Supply TR-600 $47.99 @ Microcenter (With $10 Mail in)
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer $18.98 @ Outlet PC $17.99 @ Microcenter
Network TP-LINK TL-WN851ND Wireless N300 PCI Adapter $24.99 @ Microcenter
Total
Prices at Microcenter with tax $559.45 after rebate and 2 case fans
Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-10 01:49 EST-0500

This was by far the easiest build I have done and I even had her shadowing me on every step teaching her how to build it. Except the cases cable management was basically nonexistent, but I did what I could. Her demands where to be able to play WoW, Diablo 3, Skyrim, and some new games that will be coming out if she finds them interesting. We where going to get everything online and we had this for our build before we decided to hit up the local Microcenter (It was actually my first time there I felt like we just arrived at Disney when I pulled into the parking lot)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor $119.99 @ Microcenter
Motherboard ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard $60.98 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $41.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.98 @ Outlet PC
Video Card PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card $169.98 @ Newegg
Case Rosewill R363-M-BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case w/400W Power Supply $54.33 @ Amazon
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer $18.98 @ Outlet PC
Case Fan Rosewill RFX-120 87.5 CFM 120mm Fan $4.99 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $521.22
Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-10 02:13 EST-0500

But I failed to see the case PS was only 400w and the 7850 required 500w. So we went on a search for a PS and new case. Then they were out of the 2gb 7850s so the guy pulls out the 660 and was like this is only 189 right now, I was like sold. So now we are installing Win 7 and going to give it a test run in the morning.

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Comments

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

she would be stupid to let you go

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

The actual idle temps are closer to 17 degrees

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice little budget build... You need to wrangle up that cable octopus you've got there!

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :) I tucked it away and there is really no place to put it. The air flow is great and temp is running at 17c when idle.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

3 part tables which i'm suppose to look at!

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Top one is the final build

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Shoulda went with a 6300

  • 83 months ago
  • 3 points

We were on a budget and we got $50 off the motherboard and it was also $20 cheaper than the the fx-6300 so she saved $70 dollars. The performance difference really wasn't worth the extra money.

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

Eh....the performance difference is almost 12%, which is kind of a big deal (sandy to ivy was about 5%). But you have a little upgrade room in the future and FX processors are cheap so you can upgrade pretty easily.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Just want to clarify that I read this right: You purchased the 6100 over the 6300 because it was part of a combo deal that netted you $50 off the mobo? $119 vs $109 is what you listed so the $20 thing lost me completely.

Otherwise, I looked at your two charts and the $10 difference between the 6100 and the 6300 would have netted you a world of difference. The piledriver architecture pummels bulldozer in so many ways.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Isn't Microcenter awesome?

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

When I die, that's where I'm going.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

At some point down the line, consider upgrading the CPU to a 6300, 8320, or 8350. The 6100 is decent, but for about $20 more you could have had something that performs on par with the mid-range i5s. Not the 3570k or the 3470, but other of the numerous variations. Alternatively, you could wait for the Steamroller to release in 2014, which should be a big improvement. A big plus to AMD is that the AM3+ socket is both forward compatible with the upcoming steamroller that will remain AM3+, so don't be afraid to make changes to the CPU.

But when it comes to playing at max settings in some of the bigger games, a 6300, or better, paired with the 660 Ti or 670, since it more or less comes down to GPU power at that point, should work very nicely.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

She got $50 dollars off the mobo buying the 6100. That is why we went that route.

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

That makes sense, I'd have done the same. Just consider upgrading it some time down the line so it can keep up with games.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Why is there a spiderweb inside your case? Just fix up that cable mess a bit and you're good.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

I tucked away and there is really no place to put it. The air flow is great and temp is running at 17c when idle.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice job on the pricing and by far the most important thing: GF looks happy.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

the reason his cable management is so bad is because the case is ****. anything below $40 or $50 is usually terribel

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

7850...

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Wait, didn't read the description, I feel like an idiot now. Nice build.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build! This PC will be relevant for quite a few years! I wish I had a Micro Center store in my town! Enjoy.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice. I'd recommend maybe as the first upgrade down the road a better cpu heatsink. But the rest -- drools

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Are there any problems with this board? On newegg, it got some bad reviews.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply, no problems at all.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Came down here to see comments about his GF, disappointed that there aren't any...

  • 83 months ago
  • 0 points

Its good for what you spent and what you wanna do. Plus the neon lights add a certain fun factor. That's a lot more build than what you would have got if you bought a pre-built store model.

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  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

What kind of cereal box did your tech knowledge and opinions come from?

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Why is he unable to ue the 2gb Vram?

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  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

you know the card is a 660 right, not a 650?